Everything you need to know about Virginia Form CC-1670, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related VA probate forms.
There are all sorts of forms executors, beneficiaries, and probate court clerks have to fill out and correspond with during probate and estate settlement, including affidavits, letters, petitions, summons, orders, and notices.
Instructions For: Inventory For Decedent's Estate is a commonly used form within Virginia. Here’s an overview of what the form is and means, including a breakdown of the situations when (or why) you may need to use it:
Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Instructions For: Inventory For Decedent's Estate:
This form pertains to the State of Virginia
The official Virginia source for this form is here.
Government forms are not typically updated often, though when they are, it often happens rather quietly. While Atticus works hard to keep this information about Virginia’s Form CC-1670 - Instructions For: Inventory For Decedent's Estate up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.
Double check that you have both the correct form name and the correct form ID. Some Virginia probate forms can look remarkably similar, so it’s best to double, even triple-check that you’re using the right one! Keep in mind that not all States have a standardized Form ID system for their probate forms.
Fill out all relevant fields in Form CC-1670, take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in VA are long enough to begin with, and making a silly error can push your timeline even farther back. No thank you!
Note: If you don’t currently know all of the answers and are accessing Form CC-1670 online, be sure to avoid closing the browser tab and potentially losing all your progress (or use a platform like Atticus to help avoid making mistakes).
Some States and situations require particular forms to be notarized. If you have been instructed to get the document notarized or see it in writing on the document, then make sure to hire a local notary. There are max notary fees in the United States that are defined and set by local law. Take a look at our full guide to notary fees to make sure you aren’t overpaying or getting ripped off.
This is most often the local probate court where the decedent (person who passed away) is domiciled (permanently resides) or the institution involved with this particular form (e.g. a bank). Some offices allow you to submit forms online, other’s don’t, and we while we generally recommend going in-person to expedite the process, sometimes that simply isn’t an option.
It’s also a generally good idea to establish a positive working relationship with any probate clerk (unfortunately there’s enough people & process out there making things more difficult and unnecessarily confusing for them), so a best practice is to simply ask the probate clerk proactively exactly how and where they’d prefer you to submit all forms.
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Different probate forms or processes can require different deadlines or response times for completing the appropriate form.
While some steps in the process are bound to specific deadlines (like petitioning for probate, having to submit an inventory of assets, or filing applicable notices to creditors and beneficiaries), many probate forms or processes are not tied to a specific deadline since the scope of work can vary based on situational factors or requirements involved.
Either way, there are a bunch of practical reasons why personal representatives should work to complete each step as thoroughly and quickly as possible when completing probate in Virginia.
The sooner you begin, the faster Virginia can allow heirs and beneficiaries to get their share of assets subject to probate. Acting promptly can also decrease the costs & overall mental fatigue through an otherwise burdensome process.
Helpful Context: What’s the Difference Between Probate and Non-Probate Assets?
In general, creditors of an estate usually have around 3-6 months from the time you file notice to creditors to file any claims for debt against the deceased’s assets. If they don’t, then that debt is forfeited (and more importantly, the executor won’t be held personally responsible). So doing this sooner means you have a better idea of who is owed what and ensures you won’t get a surprise collector months later.
Not filing a will within 30 days (on average) could mean that the probate process proceeds according to intestate laws (laws that govern what happens to someone's stuff without a will) or is subject to unnecessary supervision by the probate court. And if you aren't directly related to the deceased (a.k.a. next of kin), this could also mean you lose your inheritance.
It’s important to file any necessary state tax returns on behalf of the deceased or estate by the following tax season in Virginia. If you don’t, you could owe penalties and interest. This also includes any necessary federal tax returns such as Forms 1040, 1041, or even a Form 706 estate tax return.
If a house in the State of Virginia is left empty (or abandoned) for a while, insurance can get dicey. For example, if the house burns down and no one has been there for a year, an insurance company may get out of paying your claim.
If you’re not using Atticus to get specific forms, deadlines, and timelines for Virginia probate, then try and stay as organized as possible, pay close attention to the dates mentioned in any correspondence you have with the State’s government officials, call the local Virginia probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form CC-1670, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.
Instructions For: Inventory For Decedent's Estate is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.
It may also be available through some Virginia probate court sites, such as . In order to access the latest version, be updated with any revisions, and get full instructions on how to complete each form, check out the Atticus Probate & Estate Settlement software or consider hiring a qualified legal expert locally within Virginia.
While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form CC-1670 - Instructions For: Inventory For Decedent's Estate f using any other site or resource in order to avoid having to re-complete the form process and/or make another trip to the Virginia probate court office.
Instructions For: Inventory For Decedent's Estate is a .pdf, so opening it should be as simple as clicking “View Form” from within the Atticus app or by clicking the appropriate link found on any Virginia-provided government platform. Once you’ve opened the form, you should be able to directly edit the form before saving or printing.
Form CC-1670 - Instructions For: Inventory For Decedent's Estate is a probate form in Virginia.
Virginia has multiple types of probate and the necessary forms depend on the unique aspects of each estate, such as type and value of assets, whether there was a valid will, who is serving as the personal representative or executor, and even whether or not they also live in Virginia.
During probate, all personal representatives and executives in are required to submit a detailed inventory of assets that must separate non-probate assets from probate assets.
Probate in Virginia, especially without guidance, can take years to finish and cost upwards of $14,000.
What is probate, exactly?
Probate is the government’s way of making sure that when a person dies, the right stuff goes to the right people (including the taxes the government wants).
All of that stuff is collectively known as someone’s “estate”, and it’s the job of the executor or personal representative to fill out all the forms and complete all the required steps to formally dissolve the estate.
To get instant clarity on the entire probate process and get an idea of the steps, timeline, and best practices, read the Atticus Beginner’s Guide to Probate.
Where can I get help with Probate?
The best place? Create an account in Atticus to start getting estate-specific advice.
You may need a lawyer, you may not, and paying for one when you didn’t need it really hurts. Atticus makes sure you make the best decisions (plus you can write it off as an executor expense).
We’ve also created a list of other probate services. Be sure to check it out!
What does a VA executor or personal representative have to do?
An executor is named in someone’s will, and if the deceased didn’t have a will, then the spouse or other close family relative usually steps up to fulfill the role. If no one wants to do it, then a judge will appoint someone.
The executor is responsible for the complete management of the probate process, including major responsibilities such as:
Creating an inventory of all probate assets.
Filling out all necessary forms
Paying off all estate debts and taxes
Submitting reports to the court and beneficiaries as requested
And much more. This process often stretches longer than a year.
For an idea of what separates executors who succeed from those who make this way harder than it should be, visit our article, Executors of an Estate:
What they do & secrets to succeeding.
Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Virginia Form CC-1670 - Instructions For: Inventory For Decedent's Estate. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR INVENTORY &#x26;#x2013; DECEDENT&#x26;#x2019;S ESTATE GENERAL: You are required by law to file an inventory with the Commissioner of Accounts within four months after you were sworn in as administrator, executor, or curator (your &#x26;#x201C;date of qualification&#x26;#x201D;). This inventory must include all of the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s (i) personal estate under your supervision and control, (ii) interest in any multiple party account (which is defined in Part 2) in any financial institution, (iii) real estate over which you have a power of sale, and (iv) other real estate that is an asset of the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s estate, whether in Virginia or not. You must report the assets as they existed on the date of the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s death, even though they have changed form or are not in existence on the date the inventory is prepared. If you discover any other assets after you file your inventory, you must make an additional report to the Commissioner of Accounts by (i) filing an amended inventory showing all assets of the estate, (ii) by filing an additional inventory showing only the after discovered assets, or (iii) with the permission of the Commissioner of Accounts, by showing the after discovered assets on the estate&#x26;#x2019;s next regular accounting. The filing must be made, or the permission of the Commissioner of Accounts must be obtained, within four months after you discover the assets. COPIES OF THE INVENTORY &#x26;#x2013; Every administrator or executor filing an inventory with the Commissioner of Accounts, or any document making changes to an inventory, is required by law to send a copy of it by first class mail to every entitled person from whom a written request has been received. The entitled persons whose request must be honored are the same persons to whom the administrator or executor was required to send Notice of Probate with two exceptions: (1) persons who would take only as heirs at law in a case where all of the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s probate estate is disposed of by will, and (2) beneficiaries whose gifts have been satisfied in full prior to such filing. An entitled person may make a written request to an administrator or executor at any time, it may relate to one specific filing or to all filings to be made, but it is not effective for filings made prior to receipt of the written request. The Commissioner of Accounts is prohibited by law from approving an inventory unless it contains a statement that any copies requested pursuant to Virginia Code Section 64.2-1303 have been mailed, and shows the names and addresses of the persons to whom they were mailed, and the date of such mailings. Check-boxes are provided on Page 3 of the Inventory Form for use in certifying to the Commissioner that copies were sent, or that no copies were requested. If copies were sent, the persons to whom they were sent, their addresses, and the dates of mailing, must be shown on Page 4. VALUATION: The value to be placed on assets listed on the inventory is their fair market value as of the date of the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s death, and not the date the inventory is prepared. When available, you should use exact dollar and cent values; do not round off specific values to a higher or lower amount. Real estate may be listed at its value as assessed for local real estate taxes. For all other property, fair market value is normally &#x26;#x201C;the price at which the property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller in the retail market, with neither one being under any compulsion to buy or to sell and both having reasonable knowledge of relevant facts.&#x26;#x201D; An explanation must be attached if any other method is used to value an asset. Do not reduce the gross value of property by the amount of any outstanding mortgage, loan, lien, or other claim against the property. Special valuation rules that apply to certain assets are FORM CC-1670 (INST) (MASTER, PAGE 1 OF 4) 10/12 mentioned later. If you have a question about determining the fair market value of any asset you should seek assistance from an accountant, a lawyer, any other appropriate professional, or the Commissioner of Accounts. Any reasonable expenses incurred in determining the values to place on estate assets, such as appraisals, are allowable as an administrative cost of the estate. PROPERTY NOT INCLUDED: Joint accounts in banks and credit unions (not mutual funds or brokerage houses) are covered by special rules discussed in Part 2. Not to be included on the Estate&#x26;#x2019;s Inventory are other jointly-held assets such as real estate, brokerage accounts, and stock certificates held by the decedent and another jointly with the right of survivorship or held by the decedent and the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s spouse as tenants by the entirety, and assets passing by way of a survivorship provision, a payable on death (POD) provision, except for POD bank accounts that are listed in Part 2, or a transfer on death (TOD) provision. The same is true for money payable under a beneficiary designation contained in a life insurance policy, IRA, pension, or other arrangement unless the estate is the beneficiary. Part 1. The decedent&#x26;#x2019;s personal estate under your supervision and control. Assets should be clearly identified, listed in reasonable detail, and valued as of the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s date of death (not the date the inventory is prepared). Groupings of similar property, such as personal effects and household property, may be listed together; however, if any article is specifically mentioned in a will or is worth over $500 it should be listed separately. Articles that have a higher value as a collection (stamps, coins, or other collectibles) should be valued as a collection and not individually. Uncashed checks should be listed separately and not included with the cash on hand at death. Motor vehicles and water craft should include make, model and year. Checking, savings, and other accounts or deposits should include the institution&#x26;#x2019;s name, type of account, account number, any accrued interest and any maturity date. Stocks and mutual funds, whether held in certificate form, book account form or in a brokerage account, must be listed separately and should include company name, number of shares, and price per share. Bonds and promissory notes should include the issuer&#x26;#x2019;s name, face amount, interest rate, and maturity date for each item. A sole proprietorship is not a separate entity like a partnership, corporation, or limited liability company, but rather an accumulation of assets that a person uses in a business, and thus the name of the proprietorship should be listed as a heading with the various personal assets which comprise it listed thereunder. (Proprietorship real estate should be listed in Parts 3, 4, or 5.) Leases of real estate are personal property to be listed on this part. If, in unusual circumstances, there are assets for which there is no recognized market value, such as some partnership interests, stock in closely held corporations or legal claims against others, they may be valued at $1.00 or an estimate of value until better information is obtained. Part 2. The decedent&#x26;#x2019;s interest in multiple party accounts and certificates of deposit in banks and credit unions: There are three forms of multiple party accounts or deposits: joint, payable on death (POD), and totten trust (another form of POD). Special rules apply when these accounts or deposits are held in a bank or credit union. The Rules do not apply to accounts held in a mutual fund or in a brokerage house. Some joint accounts or certificates of deposit are &#x26;#x201C;with FORM CC-1670 (INST) (MASTER, PAGE 2 OF 4) 10/12 survivorship&#x26;#x201D; and some are &#x26;#x201C;non-survivorship.&#x26;#x201D; The correct classification of a particular account or certificate will ordinarily be determined by the language on the form the decedent signed when opening the account. The decedent&#x26;#x2019;s interest in a non-survivorship joint account or certificate is a part of the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s probate estate and must be included on Part 1. The interests of the decedent and others will normally be determined by the proportion of the net contributions made by each one to the sums on deposit at the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s death, except that an account or deposit between persons married to each other will normally be treated as belonging to them equally. The decedent&#x26;#x2019;s interest in any survivorship joint account and the entire amount of a POD account must be shown on this part of the inventory along with the identity of the joint owner; however these assets will not become a part of the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s probate estate unless (i) the probate estate is insufficient to pay debts, taxes, and expenses of administration, including statutory allowances to a surviving spouse and minor or dependent children, and (ii) an action is brought against the surviving party within two years after the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s death. The interests of the decedent and others will normally be determined by the proportion of the net contributions made by each one to the sums on deposit at the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s death, except that an account or deposit between persons married to each other will normally be treated as belonging to them equally. The foregoing rules do not apply to multiple party accounts maintained with a mutual fund or a brokerage house. If such accounts are with survivorship they are not included on the inventory; if they are without survivorship, the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s interest must be included on Part 1. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR REAL ESTATE: Do not include on this inventory any real estate held in survivorship form with another person, held in a living trust created by the decedent having beneficiaries following the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s death, or transferred by a transfer on death deed. Include in the description of each piece of real estate (or partial interest therein) a street address, if there is one, and the city or county in which the real estate is located. If an appraisal has been obtained, use that value, otherwise use the value as assessed for local real estate taxes, and state which value is used. The real estate&#x26;#x2019;s gross value is not to be reduced by the amount of any outstanding mortgage, loan, lien, or other claim against the property. Interests in condominiums and cooperatives are real estate, but leases of real estate are personal property and should be listed on Part 1. Part 3. The decedent&#x26;#x2019;s real estate in Virginia over which you have a power of sale. If you are an administrator for a person who died without a will, you should not list anything in this part unless a court has granted you a power of sale, in which case you should list all of the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s Virginia real estate or partial interests in real estate over which the court has given you a power of sale. FORM CC-1670 (INST) (MASTER, PAGE 3 OF 4) 07/13 If you are a curator for a person who died with or without a will, you should list all of the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s Virginia real estate or partial interests in real estate in this part because of your power to lease. If you are an executor or administrator for a person who died with a will, you should include all of the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s Virginia real estate or partial interests in real estate over which the will gives you a power of sale, whether that power of sale is specifically mentioned in the will or is included by the will&#x26;#x2019;s reference to Virginia Code &#x26;#xA7; 64.2-105. Part 4. The decedent&#x26;#x2019;s other real estate in Virginia. Administrators and executors should list in this part all of the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s Virginia real estate or partial interests in real estate that are not listed in Part 3, even if the real estate is specifically given to someone by the provisions of a will. Part 5. The decedent&#x26;#x2019;s non-Virginia real estate. Administrators, executors, and curators should list in this part all of the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s real estate or partial interests in real estate not situated in Virginia that are assets of the decedent&#x26;#x2019;s estate, whether or not the property is located in the United States. FORM CC-1670 (INST) (MASTER, PAGE 4 OF 4) 10/12